Pantanal 3: The Howler Monkey Tower at Araras Eco Lodge

Pantanal 3: The Howler Monkey Tower at Araras Eco Lodge (Long post)

When:  November 2019           Weather: Hot 25-30C

One of the things we were looking forward to was to visit the observation tower about a 20 minute walk away from the lodge…we did it once in the late afternoon to try and catch a sunset and once in late morning when we had a spare hour.  As was usually the case here, we saw so many things on the way to the tower itself that I wondered if there’d be anything left to see when we got there….

Rufescent Tiger Heron

A magnificent rufescent tiger heron greeted us that day

 

blue crowned parakeet

as did a blue crowned parakeet

 

DSCN8927

and near the breakfast table, amongst the scores of yellow billed cardinals, this appeared…

 

DSCN8931

It was the only Crested Cardinal we saw in the pantanal..it had the same colours as the much commoner yellow billed cardinal

 

DSCN9189

a green barred woodpecker was in a tree on the side of the pond where the wooden boardwalk leads to the tower

 

DSCN8676

a beautiful Great antshrike arrived on the wooden rail…

 

DSCN8661

and then another male appeared and they both took turns displaying to attract the ladies!

 

matto grosso antbird

A Matto Grosso Antbird was skulking in the adjacent undergrowth

 

DSCN8706

We finally got on to the wooden boardwalk and headed into the forest…

 

DSCN8716

But a few steps in, a brown bullet zipped past us…

 

DSCN8720

and promptly flopped down onto the boardwalk itself as if to sun its wings! A beautiful Buff throated treecreeper!

 

DSCN8438

A magnificent black hawk watched over us

 

DSCN8424

Close up on black hawk

 

DSCN8754

And as we went through the forest we heard a noise in the undergrowth an out came this Tapir! Ignoring us, he wandered off towards the lake…

 

DSCN8780

a welcome bath in the pond…

 

DSCN8805

this was the pond as seen from the tower and you can just see the head of the tapir in the water

 

DSCN8812

Tapir swimming

 

DSCN8781

we could see the top of the tower from the pond

 

L1005322

we finally made it to the howler monkey tower!  It’s 25m high and a short climb

 

L1005276

View of the pond from the top of the tower….

 

Chestnut eared aracari

No sooner had we gotten to the top when our guide whispered …Aracari! A perfect and uncommonly seen eye level view of the chestnut eared Aracari

 

DSCN7744

Magnificent Chestnut eared aracari….a medium sized toucan

 

DSCN7654

How often to we get to look down on a bird like this? wonderful neck sparing views from the top of the howling monkey tower

 

Great Ani

A greater Ani with its beautiful plumage also appeared

 

DSCN7805

and then from a gazillion miles away our guide Max spotted something…

 

DSCN7811

A red throated piping guan!

 

DSCN7779

In the same distant tree….another piping guan appeared…

DSCN7775

this time a blue throated piping guan…such exotic species as never seen in Asia.

 

DSCN8581

Heading back to the lodge, we were still entertained by the rufous tailed jacamar…so beautiful that I cannot resist posting yet more pictures

 

DSCN8887

Rufous tailed Jacamar

 

masked tityra (2)

And by the edge of the pond, a masked tityra

 

black crowned tityra (2)

And a black crowned tityra

 

DSCN9253

a silver beaked tanager

 

DSCN8505

Grayish saltator

 

DSCN8404

Cachalote caatinga..a beautiful brown bird

 

chaco chachalaca

The loud calling Chaco Chachalaca is one of the most common big birds in the region…

 

Campo Flicker

A Campo Flicker…a type of ground woodpecker

 

scaly dove

Scaly doves

 

Little woodpecker

and one final bird to end this lengthy post….the charming female Little woodpecker

 

The Howler monkey tower at Araras eco lodge and its environs was one of the highlights of our Pantanal excursion….over the 3.5 days we were in the Pantanal, we saw about 110 species, almost all lifers.  Highly recommended!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s